No doubt you’ve heard (and experienced) the designer’s lament in at least one of its common forms: We could do so much more if we got involved earlier…They think we’re just here to hit it with the pretty stick… Why doesn’t it get built as we design it? The list goes on. Experienced designers and design leaders have realized that it takes significant organizational change before design and user-centered thinking are fully adopted. Before we can make much progress in changing our organizations or our clients, though, we need to make sure we’re up to the challenge.
In this half-day workshop, Kim will help you build skills in both change leadership and nuts-and-bolts practice leadership. These skills aren’t just for managers; designers at all levels can use them to be more effective. We’ll cover:
- Principles of effective leadership
- Roles for practice leaders (of which management is only one)
- Assessing and coaching others in design and collaboration skills
- The relationship between leadership and culture
- Assessing your organization’s culture
- Adapting your individual leadership approach to your context
- Determining how much your team should adapt to culture or try to change it
- Helping key individuals through change
- Planning your approach to wider change
Come prepared to share some of your best (and worst) leadership moments, and to try some specific skills via role plays and other exercises.